New dimensions in shamelessness

George W. Bush, President of a nation at war, speaking of the energy bill, aka the “No Lobbyist Left Behind” bill, which signally fails to do any of the things that could be done through energy policy to reduce the flow of money from American gas pumps to countries from which it then flows into terrorist coffers:

“For the sake of our national security … the Senate must pass this bill.”

What’s truly horrible is that saying that didn’t cost Bush a minute’s sleep. He simply and truly doesn’t care whether what he says has any relationship whatever to the truth.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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